FACE offers drama for both Primary and Secondary students. Focusing on creativity, collaborative play and imagination, students are provided with a wide range of stimulus to facilitate their engagement in this arts subject. Using the Progression of Learning, FACE has a dedicated and qualified team of teachers who tailor the drama classes to the abilities of the students.
There are three competencies that must assessed and they are the following:
For Primary School:
Competency 1 – To invent short scenes
Competency 2 – To interpret short scenes
Competency 3 – To appreciate dramatic works, personal productions and those of classmates
For Secondary School:
Competency 1 – Creates dramatic works
Competency 2 – Performs dramatic works
Competency 3 – Appreciates dramatic works
Areas in a drama class can cover theatre history with the conventions and devices of the period, the many fascinating genres, acting process, such as voice, movement, characterization, interpretation of text, and naturally in understanding the rehearsal and performance process. These are some of the central elements in the building blocks of the drama class.
Central to all drama classes is for students to work as a team, in how to perform with others and to give positive feedback to other members of the class. This process enhances a student’s own personal development that can range from building confidence, public speaking, problem solving, conflict resolution and collaborative engagement. Drama classes helps in building individual confidence and promotes a great sense of camaraderie between students.
As the students’ progress through the years, by Yr 10 and 11, they have the opportunity to work on a drama production, which encompasses all the elements in the making of a play. Students get to participate in their area of interest: actors, stage technicians in the area of set and props, costume, lighting and sound design. Not only are students able to work in their specialized group, the process is wholly student driven, under the watchful eye of a committed team of professionals.
In the final years of the school, the theatre production provides a whole class experience and is invaluable for the students because they learn the mechanisms that make a play. Based on such hard work, the production is a real highlight in the drama journey and the students are extremely proud of their achievements.